A suitcase started smoking while getting screened at Logan

“TSA is focused on ensuring that nothing catastrophic occurs on an airplane, and so of course a suitcase that has smoke emitting from it is definitely suspicious.”

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–Transportation Security Administration via Twitter screenshot

Smoke began pouring out of a suitcase at Logan airport Saturday when it was getting screened by security personnel.

The incident led to the evacuation of a checked baggage screening room for nearly an hour, as Massport Fire & Rescue and a state police bomb unit investigated the cause, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

It turned out a lithium battery in an e-cigarette caught fire, officials said.

The suitcase’s owner’s flight to Kansas City was delayed while authorities resolved the matter.

“TSA is focused on ensuring that nothing catastrophic occurs on an airplane, and so of course a suitcase that has smoke emitting from it is definitely suspicious,” TSA said.

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